Heyang Julie Kae
B CUSP 135
Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or B CUSP 134. Offered: AWSp.
This course is designed to introduce and improve college-level research and research writing techniques. This course uses “excavation” as a metaphor for how we investigate 'visual culture' by using academic lines of inquiry. We will analyze examples from U.S. based photography, photographic journalism, and a graphic novel to understand how they reflect, respond, and seek to transform the social contexts from which they emerge.
As we explore the production and reproduction of the use of image and text in U.S. culture, we will critically discuss the material effects of visual culture to ask: • How does historically contextualizing visual culture help reveal complexities within images that we may not consider otherwise? • How do aesthetic details in an image help reveal complexity in images? • How does visual culture capture, reflect and reproduce dominant ideology? How does visual culture reflect emerging ideologies that may challenge dominant ideology?
In addition to the outcomes specified for BCUSP 134, students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
Student learning goals
To develop and support claims that contribute new insights to an existing academic conversation or line of inquiry.
To collect and evaluate information from a variety of sources including library, internet and archives
To plan, organize and write a research paper that integrates various research into a single document
To identify primary and secondary research
To quote, summarize and paraphrase from texts and to produce appropriate documentation of sources
To effectively present research to a specific audience
General method of instruction
Class discussion, some lecture
To succeed in this class, students need to contribute to class discussions on a regular basis, demonstrate improvement in their writing over the course of the quarter, and take advantage of the resources available to them (office hours, writing center, independent research) to understand the course materials.
Class assignments and grading
3-4 short writing assignments longer final paper
classroom engagement, writing assignment, abstract, annotated bibliography and final paper